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When would surgery be considered to treat spinal injuries?

Surgery is more likely to be considered to treat spinal injury if the spinal injury threatens to compress or cut the spinal cord, a bundle of nerves that provide sensation and movement to the arms and legs. There are many types of possible injuries to the spine (bones of the back), ranging from deadly to mild. One of the main jobs of the spine is to protect the spinal cord.

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